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One thing I've noticed is how pareidolia [<a href="http://skepdic.com/pareidol.html" target="_top">see here</a>] has been used to deny the existence of certain 'miracles'- seeing Jesus in a bandaid, or finding Allah's name in a tomato. While they might be just illusions, they might also be true.

Jedi_Templar, BlizzForums 9 Comments [9/1/2003 12:00:00 AM]
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Mechtaur

I saw a bunny in a cloud once, does that mean a rabbit made the universe?

5/23/2010 5:08:28 PM

Elia

When I was younger, I could see a dragon shape in one of the trees in the neighbor's yard. Should I have addressed him as "Mighty Creator" instead of "Buddy"?

5/23/2010 6:07:49 PM

andrewf

wow

6/18/2010 12:13:44 PM

Angua

Yeah . . . they might be true. I can see faces on the front of cars if I want to. The headlights are eyes and the bumper is the mouth, usually. Cars having faces might be just an illusion, but it also might be true.

Yeah, it might be true, but I think we both can safely say that the balance of probability is highly against it. When a car actually starts talking to me, I'll let you know.


There is this thing called Occam's Razor. Now is it more likely that the burn patterns in your toast happen to look vaguely like a human face to a species of creatures whose mind is set on seeking out that sort of pattern? Or is it more likely that Jesus Christ descended invisibly and made sure that the burn marks on his toast looked vaguely like his face? And why would God waste his time doing that either?
It's not much of a miracle. Whatever happened to burning bushes, demonic pigs drowning themselves, water turning into wine, women turning into pillars of salt, water turning into blood, and raising the dead? Did God decide that those miracle were just more impressive for him to divinely appear on a band-aid, burnt toast, or a tomato?

6/18/2010 1:20:41 PM

Gore

I believe the thinking atheist has a really good response to this.
http://www.youtube.com/user/TheThinkingAtheist#p/u/21/-ZXOfiaJhZ8

IT'S A MIRACLE!

6/18/2010 1:55:28 PM

just0kay

This is what I have to say to you, false Jedi.




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6/18/2010 5:47:56 PM

Canadiest

Is " pareidolia" random chance?

Nope, just checked it, it appears it's an over-perception of importance or over-blown exaggerated meaning of shit that happens anyway

The Christian way

6/18/2010 7:07:30 PM

beehummingbird

Reminds me of Mitchell & Webbs atheist melon sketch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCL4dXUtblg

3/27/2011 12:12:06 PM

Anon2

http://www.geekosystem.com/things-that-look-like-faces-pareidolia/

"Jedi_Templar" would argue after viewing this collection of pareidolia pictures:

"50 examples of things that look like faces. Statistically, one or two of them MUST be more than just an illusion!!!"

3/27/2011 12:35:09 PM
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